Captain Brian Moat was born and raised in Muskegon MI and has been hooked on fishing since a very young age.
"I was fortunate enough to have a neighbor take me to fish a blue gill tournament, this is where my passion for all types of fishing was ignited. I began my pursuit of salmon by the age of 10 when I was able to convince my mother to rent a row boat and row me up and down the Muskegon river while I casted spoons hoping to hook into a big King. I finally managed to balle a king all the way to the boat, but we did not have a net and lost the fish. After many tears were shed, I was consoled by an ice cream sundae. Fast forward many years and many fish later, I was fortunate to fish recreationally and in tournaments with my best friend, the late Caption Dana Bonney. Eventually, I purchased a Wellcraft Coastal 3300 and became the second boat and captain for Danel Sportfishing. For the past 10 years, I was able to learn from Captain Dana and share my knowledge and passion with others. I own and operate one of the nation's largest automotive restoration and customizing businesses and also coach youth and high school sports. This background has helped me co operate Danel Sportfishing, one of Lake Michigan’s most successful charter businesses. I love sharing stories and knowledge with children, novice fisherman and women alike. I also understand that success in a charter business is more about the entire experience and not just about how many fish are caught. Looking forward, I am fortunate that my son, Captain Brenden Moat has been able to work full time as a mate and captain for the last 3 years with Danel Sportfishing. Brenden and myself will continue to work together with the Bonney family and our great staff to continue to grow Danel Sportfishing and provide smiles and memories for years to come."
Favorite Gibbs Fishing Products:
Brian’s top producing Gibbs Fishing baits are Stinger Blu Veggies UV Spoons and Stinger Chrome Yellow Jeans and Chrome Green Jeans 8” rotators.